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Pulpit Model With Staircase (France), mid-19th century

This is a Pulpit Model with Staircase. It is dated mid-19th century and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is carved, inlaid, marquetried, and veneered walnut, pear, and oak. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The technical skills featured in this model indicate it is a compagnonnage masterwork. A spiral stairway leads to a carved pulpit attached to a central column, both with molded paneling. The canopy is scroll-carved and the base is inlaid with a lozenge pattern. André-Jacob Roubo’s book, L’art du menuisier (1769–75), depicts a similarly formed pulpit.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A Staircase to Heaven?.

This object was donated by Eugene V. Thaw and Clare E. Thaw. It is credited Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 70 x 40.6 x 33 cm (27 9/16 x 16 x 13 in.)

Cite this object as

Pulpit Model With Staircase (France), mid-19th century; carved, inlaid, marquetried, and veneered walnut, pear, and oak; H x W x D: 70 x 40.6 x 33 cm (27 9/16 x 16 x 13 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2007-45-13

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift.

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